Preseason Predictions B/R NBA Experts Got Wrong

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The Chicago Bulls looked like they'd be a broken-down, 45-win team without Derrick Rose and after shipping out the majority of their "bench mob."

Certain preseason predictions—like the Bulls plummeting to mediocrity—just seemed set in stone. Now midway through the season, it's invigorating, and humbling, to be proven wrong.

Tom Thibodeau has spearheaded a defensive revolution in Chicago, and despite the odds, the Bulls are once again a threatening presence in the Eastern Conference.

In New York, this was supposed to be the year of Melo and Amar'e—a renaissance! After endless criticism of the star duo's lack of chemistry, this season they'd finally gel and prosper, or so I thought. Well, the Knicks are prospering, but not because of any Melo-Amar'e tandem, but rather because of pretty much everyone else.

How about the Los Angeles Lakers? At the beginning of the season, Laker fans couldn't help but joke, "What's better than Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum? How about Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard!" But injury and slow recovery have plagued both of the Lakers' big men, paired with the harsh reality that Steve Nash is old, slow and defensively inept. The Lakers are now praying to capture the eighth seed for a playoff berth.

After reviewing my preseason predictions along with B/R's NBA Lead Writer Ethan Sherwood Strauss, we picked apart our missteps and debated just how and why we strayed from reality.

What were your preseason predictions?

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